Math 398 - Game Theory - Reading Assignments
February 2000

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All numbers indicate sections from Games and Decision Making by Aliprantis and Chakrabarti.

For Thursday February 3

To read :
You should read the following, but you do not need a Reading Journal entry for:
The Forward to the text
Introduction to Chapter 1
Skim Sections 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 (this should all be review)
Section 1.4 pp 13-14 (we'll talk about other methods of optimizing multivariable functions)
For your Reading Journal, read Section 1.5 Uncertainty and Chance

Be sure to understand :
The distinction and connection between distribution functions and density functions
The definitions of expected value and normal distributions

For Tuesday February 8

To read :
Section 1.6 Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Be sure to read the Allais Paradox, and we'll discuss Examples 1.21 and 1.22 in class

Be sure to understand :
Pages 26-27 (this will require some re-reading)
Defintions of utility function, expected utility of a decision, lottery, risk averse, risk neutral, and risk seeking

For Thursday February 10

To read :
The Introduction to Chapter 2
Section 2.1 Two-Person Matrix Games

Be sure to understand :
Example 2.1 and the defintions of dominated strategy and Nash equilibrium

For Tuesday February 15

To read :
Section 2.2 Strategic Form Games
Section 2.3 Applications up to Example 2.11

Be sure to understand :
The defintion of strategic form game, strategy profile, and Nash equilibrium of a strategic form game

For Thursday February 17

To read :
Example 2.12 in Section 2.3 Applications

For Tuesday February 22

To read :
Section 2.4 Solving Matrix Games with Mixed Strategies

Be sure to understand :
The defintion of mixed and pure strategies

For Thursday February 24

No class today.

For Tuesday February 29

To read :
Introduction to Chapter 3
Section 3.1 Graphs and Trees
Section 3.2 Single-Person Dections

Be sure to understand :
The definition of a decision graph

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